Mid-May News Round-Up
Pitmen Poets news – there are some changes to the October/November tour itinerary, with some venues cancelled and new ones added. We’ve updated as much as we can, but the final itinary should be confirmed soon. Meanwhile, it looks like there WILL be a new Pitmen Poets CD available in time for the tour… A new album definitely on the way is the second release by The Mile Roses, entitled “Blue Skies” and due out on Tantobie Records in early June. The new line-up of Kate Bramley, Kari MacLeod and Simon Haworth is of course very much a Bad Pennies off-shoot, and the new album not only features Andy May on piano and whistle, but is produced by David De La Haye. Jez himself doesn’t play on the album, but gets a co-composing credit on one song… We have a set-list from last weekend’s Bad Pennies concert at The Cookham Festival, sent in by Nicholas Wright. Set One – CALL FOR THE NORTH COUNTRY / BLACK DIAMONDS / TAKING ON MEN / LATCHKEY LOVER / WELLS-WILDER / MARKET DAY / SNOW TO NOVA SCOTIA / PROPPING UP WALLS. Set Two – THE LAZARUS DANCE / OLD BONES / BLACK TRADE / CALICO / BOWNESS BELLS / THE FROZEN ROMAN / JACK COMMON’S ANTHEM / SUGAR WATER SUNDAY. Encore – HONEST WORKING WAY… Jez is back in London for the next two weeks, working at The National Theatre on the “Alice In Sunderland” project, but will have time to fit in some solo gigs in that time, at Newcastle (May 20th), Frodsham (May 24th), and Wrea Green (May 29th). Please note also that his May 31st Edinburgh concert with Steve Tilston is completely sold out… There’s also some additions to Jez’s American tour, that starts in California on September 12th. We’ll be adding a date in Northern Pennsylvania, probably on September 22nd, as soon as it’s confirmed. The rest of the American tour schedule is on the LIVE DATES page of this website.